>I asked the moms on my message board for some book recommendations a while back. I requested something that was spiritually uplifting and so when the book Three Cups Of Tea was recommended, I assumed it didn’t fit my criteria. I put it off to read the Fearless book that I posted about a couple of weeks ago and just finished Three Cups of Tea last week, and it has been occupying my mind ever since.
One of my favorite quotes about religion is this one: “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Greg Mortensen, the author of Three Cups of Tea is not a devout Christian, but he preaches the gospel through his actions every day. To me, this book was a demonstration of what the human spirit and the accepting love of God can accomplish.
My perceptions of Pakistan and Afghanistan and of Islam have been changed and enlightened. What really blew me away about this book was the implications of education (particularly for girls) and not only a more peaceful world, where terrorist organizations can’t use ignorance as a tool to their recruitment, but for increased hygiene and reduced infant mortality rates in developing countries. If you are looking for a book to read that will make you think, and renew your faith in humanity all at the same time…give this one a chance. I have to say that I am disapointed that Mr. Mortensen did not win the Nobel Peace Prize that he was nominated for this year.
Leila and I like to make trips to the library, I plan on picking up this book for Leila on our next trip.
I am hoping to convince Leila to start our own “Pennies for Peace” collection and save coins to donate to schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.